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Old 12th September 2023, 16:45
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Lt. Elisha T. "Smokey" Stover

He appears in "The Fighting Lady" (1944) and while flying with VF-5 is shot down. He later is identified as a POW.

Does anyone know more about this flier? He was a veteran of the Guadalcanal campaign (also with VF-5?).

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Old 12th September 2023, 19:33
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Re: Lt. Elisha T. "Smokey" Stover

In 1942 Stover flew with VF-8 aboard Hornet at Midway and then transferred to VF-5, with which he participated in the Guadalcanal campaign.

When the new Yorktown was commissioned in 1943, Stover was assigned to the Radar Plot as a Fighter Director Officer. However, he pushed hard to be allowed back to his old squadron, VF-5, and eventually succeeded that December. On 17 February 1944, flying with VF-5 in an attack on Truk, his aircraft was shot down by AA, and though he managed to bail out and take to his raft, he was captured by the Japanese and executed.
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Old 13th September 2023, 03:24
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Re: Lt. Elisha T. "Smokey" Stover

There is a book, "The Saga of Smokie Stover" from his diary and additional by naval historian Clark Reynolds. My father had a copy floating around his bookshelf, but I think one of my brothers made off with it when we were breaking thigs down.

It's probably worth a modest expenditure.
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Old 14th September 2023, 14:35
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Re: Lt. Elisha T. "Smokey" Stover

Cheers Rich. Just found a paperback copy of the book on the internet. Price £56+. A bit too rich for my blood
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Old 15th September 2023, 06:57
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Re: Lt. Elisha T. "Smokey" Stover

Hi Keith,


Here's one from the Yorktown Association for $7.95 U.S.


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Old 15th September 2023, 08:43
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Re: Lt. Elisha T. "Smokey" Stover

Sorry Mac,

I can't open the site. My computer blocks it
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Old 15th September 2023, 15:57
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Re: Lt. Elisha T. "Smokey" Stover

Loss (missing) of Lt. Stover recorded in War Diary Feb 1944 of USS Yorktown (CV-10) here: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/78620038?objectPage=8

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